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10 Best Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Moments

Nathan Drake is a lot of things— he’s charming, reckless, trigger-happy, caring, insecure, and occasionally brash. But we love him anyway. Throughout the Uncharted series, he’s uncovered lost cities, and foiled dastardly schemes all over the world. It’s never been easy either, and the various journeys he’s been on often take him to places that really test his mettle, though we know he’s always come out on top in the end. Regardless, the little moments of peril have never failed to make us gasp in suspense, as if we didn’t know he would survive. Here are just 10 of those incredible Uncharted moments from the first three games. Spoilers ahead.

  1. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – Introduction

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There’s something about this particular introduction that stuck with us. Maybe it’s because it set the tone for the rest of the game (and series) for us. We were introduced to both the adventurous Nathan Drake, and the determined Elena Fisher. The intro to the entire game gave us a stunning environment, intrigue set in history, humour, followed by a great action sequence full of gunfire and marine excitement.

  1. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – The Jungle U-Boat

uncharted u boatOne of many epic moments in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the moment that strikes us first is the moment Nate and Sully come across the German U-Boat in the middle of the Amazon in their search for El Dorado. Whether it was the stunning vista outside, or the suspenseful tour within, we remember the U-Boat for being one of those moments in which we weren’t sure of what would happen next, or what we would find.

  1. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – Jeep Chase

jeep unchartedBreaking out of a pirate prison in the middle of a tropical paradise with the help of Drake’s feisty blonde romantic-interest? How could that not be on your list of greatest Uncharted moments? You’re pushed into an adrenaline pinching high-speed shootout toward the edge of a cliff looking out toward the ocean. You’re caught at the end, surrounded by pirates, and what does our beloved Nate do? He reverses over the edge. Why? Because he’s an absolute badass.

  1. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – The Cursed Treasure

el dorado unchartedUp to that point, there was a lot of archaeology and theorising in regards to what the treasure of El Dorado would contain, and where it could be. Nate eventually finds the treasure, along with Gabriel Roman, and Navarro. They’d found the gold, but no one expected to really find an ancient, mystical curse contained within it, at least, not until it was too late and a pack of ancient zombies swarmed the room around you.

  1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – Introduction

uncharted 2 introDrake opens his eyes and looks up. The icy wind is howling through an abandoned train carriage, the tattered curtains cling loosely to their bearings. Something seems wrong. Drake looks out through the broken window to his right and sees the white frosty mountains…at a very peculiar angle. Then it hits him, or, almost does. He narrowly dodges an emergency kit hurtling toward him. It was falling. We realise quickly that the train is dangling precariously off the edge of a mountain cliff. It’s a sequence worthy of any blockbuster film…and that’s just the tutorial!

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  1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – Cat and Mouse

cat and mouseYou’re in a Tibetan village, which, to most people sounds like a secluded place far from harm’s way. Evidently, you’d be wrong. The village comes alive with panic and gunfire as tanks burst in, seemingly out of nowhere. You and Tenzin sprint across the village, leaping over rubble and dodging a storm of bullets until you finally find an RPG to destroy it…apparently it’s easier than you’d think, finding an RPG in an isolated Tibetan village.

  1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – Lazaravic

uncharted among thievesYet again, our favourite adventurer leaves behind another crumbling city. Not before leaving a perfect villain to a violent demise. Lazaravic is left at Nate’s mercy. Does the Russian mercenary beg? Of course not. He invites Nate to pull the trigger, and Nate says no. Instead, he gestures to those willing to take Lazaravic’s life. A horde of blue monster-men who do not hesitate to swarm the antagonist and pummel the life out of him.

  1. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – The Cruise Ship

uncharted cruise shipFor those who once wondered what it might have been like on the Titanic as it sank, this little moment in Drake’s Deception might be worth playing. Somewhere on Nate’s search for Iram of the Pillars (a lost city in the desert), Nate finds himself trapped on a sinking cruise ship, owned by pirates who lied about having his trusted friend, Sully. The pirate captain, Rameses, in his last act, shoots at glass on his ship and allows the sea to engulf the vessel. It’s an incredible sequence which puts all the thrill and excitement of Cameron’s film into a great interactive experience.

  1. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Falling from the Sky

falling from the sky unchartedThere are so many epic moments in the Uncharted series, but this is among the most memorable. After an intense firefight, Drake is thrown from an aircraft and dropped somewhere in the middle of the desert, alone and far from anything. You’ll help guide him through it, clinging to the strapping of a falling crate and trying to find some way to land safely. As Nate falls from the blue sky above toward the ocean of gold below, you remind yourself that he’ll definitely make it but, still…how is he going to get out of this alive?

  1. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – The Flashback

uncharted flashbackThis sequence is noteworthy because it gives us insight into Nate, as well as his relationship with HIS mentor, Sully. At 15 years old, Nate finds himself in Colombia, casing a museum with the intention of stealing Sir Francis Drake’s ring, which is coincidentally the same thing a much younger Sully is after. You find out that Nate has been through some difficult times, and Sully, while a criminal, isn’t a bad guy (as you might have already discovered if you’ve followed the series up until this point). It’s not the most exciting moment, but it’s memorable nonetheless.

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